Published by Laurie Pender on September 8, 2017
For the 4th consecutive year, Cumberland County Schools (CCS) saw the district’s overall test score proficiency rise. The overall composite for 2016-17 rose 0.5% to 57.3%, from 56.8% in 2015-16. The CCS had 79.5% of its schools meet or exceed growth expectations. The State of North Carolina had 73.7% of its schools meet or exceed growth.
End-of-Grade (EOG) Assessments
Elementary schools growth data are based on results from End-of-Grade Assessments in ELA/Reading, Math and Grade 5 Science. Elementary schools had 43 out of 48, or 90%, of schools who met or exceeded growth expectations, a decrease of 2% from 2015-16. In the State of North Carolina, 80.3% of its elementary schools met or exceeded growth.
Middle schools growth data are based on results from End-of-Grade Assessments in ELA/Reading, Math and Grade 8 Science, as well as End-of-Course Assessments in Math I. Middle schools, had 11 out of 18, or 61%, of schools who met or exceeded growth expectations.
End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments
High schools growth data are based on results from End-of-Course Assessments in ELA/English II, Math I, and Biology. Results from The ACT, The ACT WorkKeys, Math Course Rigor and the Cohort Graduation Rate are also used to determine high school composite scores. High schools had 12 out of 17, or 71%, of schools who met or exceeded growth expectations.
Proficiency Composite Scores
The Reading proficiency composite in Grades 3-8 decreased by 0.6% to 57.3% in 2016-17. The Reading composite for all elementary schools decreased by 0.5% to 58.8%. The Reading composite for all middle schools decreased by 0.2% to 55.9%.
The Math proficiency composite in Grades 3-8 increased by 0.9% to 50.8% in 2016-17. The Math composite for all elementary schools increased by 0.2% to 58.6%. The Math composite for all middle schools increased by 1.6% to 42.5%.
The Science proficiency composite in Grades 5 and 8 increased by 0.8% to 75.6% in 2016-17, which is 2.8% above the state average. The Science composite in grade 5 decreased by 1.6% to 75.1% in 2016-17, which is 5% above the state average. The Science composite in Grade 8 increased by 3.1% to 76.1%, which is 0.6% above the state average.
The ELA/English II EOC proficiency composite in high schools increased by 1.1% to 60.1% in 2016-17.
The Math I EOC proficiency composite in high schools increased by 5.1% to 60.2% in 2016-17.
The Biology EOC proficiency composite in high schools decreased by 0.7% to 53.5% in 2016-17.
The Graduation Rate
Based on the preliminary Graduation Cohort data, the CCS Graduation Rate decreased 0.5% to 81.4% in 2016-17. After data corrections are approved by the State Board of Education in October, the Graduation Rate will show a slight increase from 2015-16. Of the 16 CCS high schools who graduate students, 13 of them had a Graduation Rate of at least 80.0%. The Graduation Rates at 8 high schools increased or remained the same compared to the previous year. The Graduation Rates at 3 high schools were 100%: Cross Creek Early College, Reid Ross Classical High, and Cumberland Polytechnic High.
Other Required High School Assessments
The ACT is an assessment administered to all grade 11 students. The goal is to have a college-bound reportable score of at least 17 in order to be deemed proficient. In the CCS, an overall decrease of 2.4% to 53% was achieved on the ACT.
The ACT WorkKeys assessment is administered to any Grade 12 student who is identified as a CTE (Career and Technical Education) Completer. The goal is to have a reported score of at least a silver status in order to be deemed proficient. In the CCS, an overall decrease of 2.5% to 74.5% was achieved on the ACT WorkKeys assessment, which is 1.2% above the state average.
School Performance Grades (SPG)
Each school in North Carolina is issued a School Performance grade (SPG). The CCS was given the following School Performance Grade designations: A+NG = 2 (2.5%), A= 3 (3.75%), B = 21 (26.25%), C = 41 (51.25%), D = 12 (15%), and F = 1 (1.25%). Cumberland International Early College and Cross Creek Early College earned the distinction as an “A+NG” school. This is the second consecutive year where Cross Creek Early College was recognized as an “A+NG” school. To be classified as an A+NG school, the school’s SPG score must be between 85-100, and the school must not have significant achievement and/or graduation gaps. Three schools were recognized as “A” schools: Beaver Dam Elementary, Jack Britt High, and Cumberland Polytechnic High. This is the second consecutive year that these three schools were recognized as “A” schools.
Contact: Ron Phipps, Associate Superintendent of Evaluation and Testing – 910.829.4706